Toddlers and 2-Year Old Programming
"I'm just a kid, I have a lot of stuff to do yet."
~ Clint Eastwood
Our commitment to quality care continues in our Toddler and 2-year old rooms. Children at this age are eager learners who energetically interact with materials and people. We at the center realize that an environment and curriculum that encourages each child's growing need of independence is a basis for developing and mastering life skills and a positive self esteem. By playing in both large and small groups, these children will learn valuable social skills needed to effectively interact with others. While engaging in fun activities toddlers and 2-year olds will discover their likes and talents and will be exposed to fundamentals such as: colors, shapes, self-help skills, as well as social and language development.
Children under the age of 2 years old will have a notebook system for direct communication with their teacher(s). In this notebook the teacher will log the daily activities, feedings and the rest times of your child. Parents will be asked to list pertinent information that will ensure the individualized schedule of each child is up-to-date, to inculde but not limited to: the last time your child ate, slept and was changed, as well as mood and sleeping patterns of the night before. Parents of 2-year olds will find daily information posted in the Parent Area of the room.
Arts for Kids has an individualized program for the needs of children ages of
6-weeks to 2-years old.
All children will have individual contact and attention through feeding, diapering and learning experience.
Each child will follow their individual routine of feeding and sleeping set by their home environment.
The children will be provided with equipment to fit their educational development and creative expression appopriate to their age level.
Daily communication with parents:
~ A notebook for each child under two years of age will be sent home with parents summarizing child's activities.
Parents will bring back notebook with information for teachers.
Staff will ensure that throughout the day infants will be moved into different activities.
Potty Training Policy
If parents and the center are in agreement that a child is developmentally ready, Arts for Kids will begin to encourage potty training at age 2.
At 2-1/2 years old age, regular potty training is part of our daily program and routine. Children will be encouraged to wear pull-ups or underwear (depending on progress) and have plenty of extra pull-ups or underwear on hand. They will be taken to the bathroom every 2 hours (possibly more often at the beginning). If a child is wearing underwear, they will be put in a pull-up or diaper for naps, unless completely trained. We will use lots of praise for a "job well done" and lots of understanding when "accidents happen" if a child has a rough day.
Sometimes potty training can happen overnight and sometimes it can be a long process - we just need to have a lot of patience.
November 2019 News!
What a great time to be thankful! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! This past month we have done many activities with Fall and of course, Halloween!
We did some cooking activities! We made pumpkin fluff. We
used a can of pumpkin, vanilla instant pudding mix, cool whip and
chocolate chips to put on top. Our friends really enjoyed it!
We also decorated pumpkin cookies with frosting and sprinkles.
We made footprint pumpkins in paint for our Halloween door!
We decorated pumpkins with paint using a lufa.
We’ve been reading “Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin” and “Where is Baby
Pumpkin?” (Lift and Flap book) We’ve been singing the song “Jack ‘O
Lantern, Jack O’ Lantern, Jack O’ Lantern, you are such a funny sight,
as you sit here in the window looking out at the night!”
We are currently working on our friends goals!
Have a great and thankful Thanksgiving.
God’s blessings to you all,
Ms. Karen & Ms. Maddie
Halloween dress-up is always fun. We saw princesses, super heroes, animals, bugs and more. Our party was a success, thanks to all of you along with your kiddos.
We enjoyed some fun October activities. Fireman Steve came to visit and we pretended to be other community helpers as well. We made pumpkin volcanoes using baking soda and vinegar. We used a large pumpkin as our canvas for our dry erase marker art. Halloween brings out creepy creatures. We used our sticky board and mixed up a little witch’s brew.
This month we celebrate Thanksgiving. We will talk about the different fruits and vegetables we eat. We will name family and friends we are thankful for.
We will be having a Thanksgiving feast Wednesday 11/27.
Watch for more info regarding joining us.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Ms. Janice & Ms. Tina
Our themes last month were Bats & Spiders, Fire Safety, Witches & Ghosts,
Monsters and Halloween. The kids really enjoyed when a parent of one of the children, who is a Fireman, came in to talk to the kids about Fire Safety and he even let them use the fire hose from the fire truck!
They also really enjoyed Trick or Treating around City Center. They all looked so cute in their costumes.
Our November themes are: Football, Pumpkins, Harvest/Scarecrows and
We will be having a Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, Nov. 27th @ 11:15
Parents are more than welcome to join us!
If you have any questions about your child please feel free to ask!
Have a wonderful month!
Ms. Ashley & Ms. Hannah M
Happy Turkey Month!
Last month we had a great time using alot of our large motor skills. We got to move a lot doing our dance moves to singing and music. We loved talking about pumpkins and apples (mostly pumpkins). They loved all the carvings in the pictures we showed them
of many different Jack-O-Lanterns.
They didn’t seem to be interested in feeling the inside of a pumpkin though and I don’t
blame them! My friends did very well using their fine motor skills to paint a pumpkin.
For Super Hero Week most of our friends liked dressing up and pretending to fly.
We had two spooky Halloween themed weeks. We loved putting the sticky eye balls on our monster paper plates for the door decoration. Our friends got real excited talking about ghosts and goblins. They also got excited about telling us what they were going to be for Halloween, which by the way, they all looked cute in their costumes.
We all had a blast trick-or-treating in the mall.
Hope all of you have a fantastic month and an awesome Thanksgiving.
Ms. Laura & Ms. Mary
Hello Families and welcome to November in 2’s III!
We had a wonderful time last month learning about Numbers and Measuring, Owls, Fall on the Farm and Healthy Foods, as well as Halloween and Harvesting.
To help us with our social skills, we helped each other build owl nests and barns for farm animals. We also worked together to sort items and put puzzles together. As we worked on our language skills we talked about the colors we wear each day, practiced saying our first and last names and discussed some of the healthy foods we like to eat. We worked on our imagination by pretending to be owls, farm animals and made healthy meals. We also got a chance to try some new foods, like orange bell peppers and dried apple chips.
We finished the month off with some silly fun as we explored Halloween via pumpkins,
shapes and giant yarn spider webs. We also enjoyed trick or treating around City Center.
During November we will be building our social skills while talking about what we are thankful for, our family holiday traditions and what are favorite holiday foods are.
As always, if you have any questions about your child or what we are working on, feel
free to ask. Have a wonderful month!
Ms. Sara B and 2’s III
I can’t believe we are almost at the end of this year. It has definitely gone
by quickly! We had a great time on Halloween at our party and enjoyed lots
of yummy treats. Thank you to those who brought something in!
Last month we talked a lot about fall and Halloween. We had a bunch of fun
with pumpkins; painting them, scooping and carving them and exploring their
insides. We also made and enjoyed some yummy pumpkin bars.
It was a very fun month!
This month we will talk about outer space, bedtime, trucks and construction
and Thanksgiving. So many things to learn about!
Have a great November!